Pastor Rene' Bogue
If you’re like me, you have moments of scrolling through social media and wondering why everyone else has all the fun. And, although we have heard the encouragements, and read the memes – that what we casually observe is not the real lives of those we watch, but rather their highlight reel – we can’t help but wonder if we’re behind the curve.
Sometimes the same thing happens to us in our Christian walk. The stage in our church is 27.5 inches high. That barely-over-two-feet somehow has the power to elevate the perception of those on it to a much higher level. To be sure, our Pastors study hard, our Worship Team practices and worships in preparation for service. But, their location and calling does not presuppose any sort of perfection, or greater affection from the Father. These are people. Like us. We are seeing their highlight reel.
Even as we embrace the equality of those within our own tribe, surely those folks in the Bible are of a far higher spiritual status than we are. Surely. A careful reading of the Book of Acts – and a quick Google search – shows a timeline that brings perspective. Each of the books we read by Paul, each of the mighty acts of Peter and John, are, in fact, parts of their highlight reel. These were men with dusty feet and earthly faults.
And I have to think that’s intentional.
If God had created super-human heroes to lead us in our walk – would we even try? If not for the humanity of Peter and Paul and Pastors and Leaders, would we see ourselves able to walk a path toward greater closeness with God? Would we even put on our shoes? With every post that shows our dusty feet, every ironic “nailed it!” meme, every honest post from a harried mom, we have encouragement to keep going, to draw closer, and to embrace our humanity and the humans around us.
Your highlight reel is pretty great. So is your real life. I’m so grateful that Jesus loves us in the middle of both.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.